Plane for making Edison bamboo filaments

Plane for making Edison bamboo filaments

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Inventing a new technical device not only involves creating the device itself, but often entails creating special tools to produce the device or the component pieces of the device. Thomas Edison conducted experiments on hundreds of different types of natural fibers in his search for a material that would serve as a light bulb filament.
Object Name
filament tool
Date made
associated user
Edison, Thomas Alva
S. R. Wells & Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Edison, Menlo Park
overall: 9 in x 14 in x 9 in; 22.86 cm x 35.56 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
from Vannevar Bush
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Industry & Manufacturing
Energy & Power
Lighting a Revolution
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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